Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It’s officially construction season in Central New York and the State Department of Transportation
says it will be one of the busiest summers in recent years.
State DOT spokesperson Gene Cilento says there will be a lot of work going on downtown.
For instance, you won’t be able to get to 690 East from West Street or use Herald Place to get downtown – at least for the next couple of weeks – due to road work in that area.
Also, bridge deck replacement work is happening on 481, just north of the split with 690.
And, in Fulton, a major project on the Route 3 Bridge over the Oswego River continues.
“The bridge decks are aging, approaching 50 years old, and that's the lifespan of an older bridge deck that was placed in the 60s. Nowadays, you'll get at least 50 years, probably closer to 75 years with better concrete, better materials,” Cilento explained.
Additionally, work will happen along 81 North and South over East Castle and Calthrop Street, which will shut down the highway for a number of days and re-route all traffic around the road work. 690 West will also be closed between 81 North interchange and West street. The stretch will be shut down for 10 days in June for bridge deck replacement.
Some major paving projects are also scheduled for this summer, including a 14 mile stretch of 690 from Hiawatha Boulevard all the way to Route 48. Most of that work will be done at night, according to the DOT, but could run into some closures flowing afternoon rush hour.
Much of the work is being funded by the NY Works Program. The State DOT says it’s taking advantage of the state and federal money that’s available. Now, they’re just hoping it continues to warm up and to get all the work done be next winter.
On the web –Learn more about the NY Works Program